What a busy day this was for us! From morning to afternoon, we represented our school at the Overture Center International Festival. This year, our table was right at the rotunda, which was great exposure for our school. We loved chatting with everyone who stopped by, including familiar faces (Schwalben/Swallows teacher Jo Drury) as well as unexpected visitors.
In the afternoon, we celebrated Karneval/Fasching with arts & crafts and a costume parade. Have a look at all the fabulous costumes! Robots, fairies, and several Triwizard Tournament Champions were in attendance, as were Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Axl Rose, and one Top Chef.
What a great turnout! Special thanks go to Iris Hengst and Krista Bultmann-Spiro for organizing the event, as well as to everyone who helped with the setup and cleaning or who contributed treats.
A highlight was the announcement of the winners of our Waldsee scholarship essay contest. Herzlichen Glückwunsch to the 8 (!) students who won a scholarship of $400 each towards attending Waldsee, the German language immersion program in Bemidji, Minnesota, this summer. We are very grateful to Concordia Language Villages for providing this opportunity to our students.
Please join us at our annual Fasching/Karneval Costume Party on Saturday, February 6th at 4:30PM in the Shorewood Hills Community Center, 901 Swarthmore Court.
You are invited to our annual Nikolaus Potluck Celebration!
December 6, 2015 Sunday, Shorewood Hills Community Center, 901 Swarthmore Court
- a contribution for the potluck meal (main dish, salad, bread, dessert or drink — anything is welcom), a microwave, oven and stove are available
- plates, cups and silverware for your family (if you care about the environment), we will also have paper goods/plastic cutlery available
The program will start at 4:30pm with a welcome by our president, followed by some inspired singing of Advent songs (music provided).
If your child is participating in our project class that day (Deutsch 1/2/3 and DaF), he/she will meet St. Nikolaus during class. All other children (guests and siblings) will have the opportunity to meet St. Nikolaus during the celebration.
PLEASE NOTE: If your children are not attending our weekend class, we kindly ask that you reply to this email and let us know the number of children you are intending to bring. This information will help us plan better and ensure that a small treat is available for every child!
All are invited – this is an event for the entire German-speaking/German-interested community in the Madison area.
If you signed up to be a volunteer at the event, please report to the Community Center at 4:00PM
We are looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!
On Saint Martin’s Day Germans celebrate the story of St. Martin, a soldier-turned-monk who cut his coat in half to share it with a beggar, with colorful lantern processions. This year, more than 100 GSoM friends and family members came to our St. Martin celebration. It was a wonderful evening for showing off all those colorful lanterns!
Ready for the lantern parade
Before the parade, we got together to learn about the story of St. Martin. Here, DaF teacher Chris Tabisz is enacting the separation of the coat.
Enacting the story of St. Martin
Drawing the story of St. Martin
There was also time to practice one or two lantern songs.
Did you see the mug on the piano? Have a closer look:
President Catrin Weimbs showing off our new fabulous mugs
(If you would like to order a mug — $15 –, please send us an email.)
While the kids were out for the parade, volunteers set up the potluck table.
Volunteer coordinator Iris Hengst setting up the potluck table
Vanillekipferln donated by Clasen’s European Bakery
Finally, the parade!
Such a colorful night! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us (and brought delicious food to share), to our DaF and D1/2/3 teachers for a wonderful project class, and especially to our parent volunteers for making it such a fun night for all!
Such a colorful night!
Impressions from German School of Madison lantern parade (2014)
This year’s St. Martin celebration will take place on November 8 (Sunday), from 4:30-7:30 pm at the Shorewood Hills Community Center (901 Swarthmore Court). The program will begin with a performance of the story of St. Martin. At about 5 pm we’ll head out for the lantern parade around the Shorewood Hills neighborhood. Afterwards, we’ll head back to the Community Center for a potluck meal together.
- lanterns and matches (if you are using candles)
- reflective clothing and/or a flashlight
- a contribution for the potluck meal
- plates, cups, and cutlery for your family, if you choose to do so (but we will also have disposable items)
If you signed up to be a volunteer at the event, please report to the Community Center at 4:00PM.
If you are looking for some inspiration on making a lantern, websites such as Pinterest.com or familie.de have plenty of great examples.
We hope to see you all!
With the help of Luftschlangen, Schlager and fabulous homemade delicacies we once again turned the Community Center in Shorewood Hills into Fasching Central. Check out our slideshow of wizards and chefs, goddesses and jesters, fairies and pirates! A big thank you to everyone who made our annual Faschingsparty a success — and to Iris Hengst and Elisabeth Berkelman for organizing it.
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